MIC Motorcycle Tire Guide: Free Download

Motorcycle Tire Guide Download

Motorcycle safety begins well before riding. And one technique that’s sure to enhance safety is a thorough inspection of the motorcycle.

Where to begin? Where the rubber meets the road – motorcycle tires.

The Motorcycle Industry Council understands that knowledge is one of the largest tools when it comes to safety, and for the first-time ever, it is providing the motorcycling community with a tire guide, which is downloadable for free on the MIC website.

The 20-page street-tire guide delves into everything a motorcyclists needs to know about tires, from selection to inspection to maintenance to choosing the correct tires for his or her machine.

The guide also provides information on "proper inflation, the hazards of overloading a motorcycle, and recognizing when it’s time to replace tires."

The MIC says "The MIC Tire Guide also helps riders better understand and utilize sidewall information, and includes color photos, technical diagrams and charts outlining speed and load ratings. Also included are tire-mounting suggestions, a primer detailing the differences between how motorcycle tires and car tires work, and tips for dealing with a tire failure. Finally, a Tire Replacement Log and a Load Limit Calculator are added for convenience."

Tim Buche (MIC President and CEO) says: "At the MIC, we believe that motorcyclists should have a thorough understanding of how their tires work, including how they differ from car tires, and how the available traction can change from moment to moment. This sort of awareness can prompt riders to be more diligent in inspecting and maintaining their tires, and also in replacing their tires at the right time. Overall, the MIC’s goal with this manual is to provide a guide that helps motorcyclists avoid premature tire wear, damage and ultimately, crashes."

The MIC Tire Guide can be downloaded for free by clicking here. Packs of 25 can be ordered for an introductory price of $19 plus tax and shipping. For larger quantities, contact MIC for special pricing. Additionally, the MIC is working with tire distributors and retailers on establishing further, more widespread distribution channels for the MIC Tire Guide.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).